SELF Competencies: AP Personal Leadership

#6. Personal Leadership

INCLUSIVE/FACILITATIVE LEADERSHIP: Engage school community  in change efforts that respond collectively and coherently to the assets and challenges in schools and communities.

Personal Leadership

Build and maintain personal leadership habits critical to advancing the school’s equity vision.


  • Resilient leadership: Maintain a determined focus on improving student achievement, celebrating staff and students who persist in the face of challenges and adversity.

  • Adaptive leadership: Remain flexible and open in the face of complexity, fostering productive disagreement and adjusting tactics as necessary to maintain commitment to and progress toward goals.

  • Reflective leadership: Seek feedback, self-reflect, and adapt own leadership practice, accepting personal responsibility for mistakes and actively looking for ways to learn and improve.

  • Ethical leadership: Act ethically and professionally in personal conduct, relationships with others, decision-making, stewardship of the school’s resources, and all aspects of school leadership.

Evidence of Impact

  • Leader’s messaging about goals or possibility is consistent, especially in moments of challenge or adversity.

  • Staff report that the school culture fosters discussion of missteps, mistakes, tactics that were unsuccessful, and how they were used as learning opportunities.

  • Staff report that they are treated with respect and that school has processes to ensure opportunities to express differing viewpoints.

  • Professional development efforts include explicit work to help leaders and staff effectively manage difficult conversations.

  • Leaders react to difficult moments or feedback in calm and positive ways.

  • Leaders use multiple leadership stances (e.g., directive, facilitative, collaborative, and reflective) in ways that match situations and contribute to advancing conversations and work.

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